May 19, 2024  
OHIO University Graduate Catalog 2022-23 
    
OHIO University Graduate Catalog 2022-23 [Archived Catalog]

Add to Portfolio (opens a new window)

GEOL 5670 - Tectonophysics


Quantitative modeling of solid earth physical processes. Physical properties of minerals, rocks, and unconsolidated materials. Modeling of tectonic plate flexure, geothermal heat flow, seismic wave propagation, and fault mechanics.

Requisites:
Credit Hours: 4
Repeat/Retake Information: May not be retaken.
Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture
Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I
Learning Outcomes:
  • Graduate students are expected to perform at a higher level than their undergraduate counterparts. They are expected to have a more sophisticated grasp of current debates regarding the course topics.
  • Graduate students are expected to write a paper describing case studies of applications of tectonophysics modeling and to prepare and lead discussions of these applications for 20% of their grade.
  • Be able to apply heat flow theory to cooling problems including the cooling of oceanic lithosphere and the solidification of igneous intrusions.
  • Be able to apply the theory of thermal stresses to derive ocean floor topography and the subsidence histories of sedimentary basins.
  • Be familiar with tensor descriptions of stress and strain (and strain rates) in mechanics problems involving earth materials.
  • Be familiar with the Anderson theory of friction in faults and be able to apply it to thrust sheets and the elastic rebound model of strike-slip faulting.
  • Be familiar with the diffusional and dislocation creep mechanisms of typical mantle rocks and their influence on styles of mantle convection.
  • Determine lithospheric plate deformation in problems involving loading by volcanic islands, flexure caused by subduction, subsidence in sedimentary basins and buckling in zones of continental convergence.
  • Know representative values of elastic moduli for the primary rocks and minerals in the Earth’s crust and mantle.
  • Know representative values of thermal conductivity, diffusivity and thermal expansion coefficients for the primary rocks and minerals in the Earth’s crust and mantle.
  • Know the basic laws of steady-state heat conduction in three dimensions and the governing equation for heat diffusion under time-varying conditions.
  • Know the two-dimensional governing equation for elastic plate deformation and common boundary conditions used for applications to lithospheric deformation.
  • Understand the means of radioactive heat production and its effect on continental geotherms.



Add to Portfolio (opens a new window)